reticence to discuss
declined to provide
and after the second page I quit collecting these phrases. You get the drift.
I fully support the media’s investigation and curiosity about Mitt Romney’s wealth. I support the media’s investigation and curiosity about any person running for public office, particularly the office of the President of the United States. The more we know about our candidates the better informed decision we can make about who to vote for in any given election. I even agree with the Vanity Fair article when it says:
Come August, Romney, with an estimated net worth as high as $250 million (he won’t reveal the exact amount), will be one of the richest people ever to be nominated for president. Given his reticence to discuss his wealth, it’s only natural to wonder how he got it, how he invests it, and if he pays all his taxes on it.
That’s a fair question. Mitt Romney has inserted himself into the presidential campaign and with it comes the unwritten agreement that everything is fair and subject to research, investigation, inquiry, query, probing and dissecting.
I found the Vanity Fair article after being referred to the Daily Kos website about an entirely different matter. Their headline story today is No Smoking Gun But Plenty of Smoke. The article contains several phrases that, like the Vanity Fair article, make me furious:
If you haven’t already taken a look at Nicholas Shaxson’s Vanity Fair article on the murkiness surrounding Mitt Romney’s offshore finances, you can read it here. The article raises plenty of questions, but in the end it can’t answer them because Mitt Romney refuses to disclose any of his tax returns before 2010. Mitt Romney’s secrecy is a problem.
Just to recap the Daily Kos story:
plenty of questions
refuses to disclose
secrecy is a problem
I feel like I have fallen into a pit of hypocrisy Jell-O, unable to pull myself out despite my valiant attempts to grab the edges and pull myself up with all my strength, they hypocrisy Jell-O won’t let me out.
So while reading these two articles, I started compiling from various sources all of the records that Barack Obama has refused to disclose, hidden, or kept secret or which CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and others have refused to investigate and report about the contents of those documents:
Columbia University transcripts
Columbia thesis paper
Campaign donor analysis requested by 7 major watchdog groups
Harvard University transcripts
Illinois State Senate records
Illinois State Senate schedule
Law practice client list and billing records/summary
Locations and names of all half-siblings and step-mother
Medical records (only the one page summary released so far)
Occidental College Transcripts
Parent’s marriage Certificate
Record of baptism
Selective Service registration records
Schedules for trips outside of the United States before 2007
Passport records for all passports
SAT and LSAT test scores
Access to his grandmother in Kenya
List of all campaign workers that are lobbyists
Punahou grade school records
Noelani Kindergarten records are oddly missing from the the State of Hawaii Department of Education.
Obama 1964 Divorce Papers – 13 Pages – Missing Pg 11
Why isn’t Barack Obama still a member of the Illinois bar and where are all of the relevant documents?
Why isn’t Michelle Obama still a member of the Illinois bar, after only about four years of practice, and where are all of the relevant documents?
I didn’t list the birth certificate because that has become an issue that in my opinion clouds the issue of disclosure of all these other documents. Obama has played the birth certificate issue masterfully, and made those who question it seem silly in the eyes of too many people. It may indeed be a legitimate issue, but it clouds the more overarching question of all these other documents and matters.
So, I simply ask, if all of Mitt Romney’s wealth and background are worthy of the Daily Kos and Vanity Fair inquiries, why aren’t all of these other issues about Barack Obama equally intriguing?